Tips for shipping in a truly unique holiday season
It’s safe to say this year’s holiday shopping season is going to be quite unlike any before it and with the after effects of the COVID-19 pandemic still lingering, customers are going to face a lot of issues shipping their things from one place to another.
Supply chains are backed up, which means certain things will be harder to find or at the very least – much slower to get to where you want them to go. This year, we’ll need to be a little bit more on-point when it comes to knowing deadlines and being out ahead of the game, so to speak.
This month, we’re going to discuss a few holiday tips that you can abide by that will hopefully take the edge off your holiday anxiety. Let’s jump right in.
Find shipping deadlines early
You might have the perfect gift in mind, but you’re going to need to get it to where it needs to go in time. Be sure that you check with local postage services to understand what everyone’s deadline is for getting things from A to B. Plan on both shopping and shipping earlier than normal this year because even with some of these liberal deadlines, things could be backed up even more than these services are anticipating.
Evaluate strategies in order to ship faster
In our world, the quicker we can get something in a truck and on the road – the better. If you’re a small business owner – try to get orders out the door within 12 hours of the order. Speed yourself up on the fulfillment end. These minor improvements in workflow can make a colossal difference in your ability to keep customers happy.
For individuals – look at a Tampa Courier service. Courier services are smaller -but more nimble and particularly if you’re not sending something far away – they can oftentimes be a much faster, direct way to get your things from A to B.
Package your things safely and sensibly
This has less to do with speed and deadlines and more to do with safety. It doesn’t matter if you meet or blow through a deadline if your package is damaged or broken – due to either the service provider or your own negligence. Buy strong, correctly sized boxes for what you need and make sure you package items appropriately and use the correct materials. Using approved packaging materials (packing peanuts, bubble cushion) is a good starting point, but all in all – make sure that your goods aren’t rattling or banging around the bog. That way if they do encounter a dangerous situation – they’re more likely to be safe.
At the end of the day, be creative, be on the ball and consider all your options. It’s never been a better time to get a leg up and use a Tampa courier service – as you’ll be able to have a little bit more added certainty. Not only will things move a little bit more quickly, but you’ll have the peace of mind knowing you can track your package and the like. However, we hope you found these tips helpful. Enjoy the holiday season and of course if you need anything, give us a call today!